Top 50 Industrial IoT (IIoT) 5G Industrialists and Innovators

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RCR Wireless News recognizes inaugural list of leaders fueling the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Industrial IoT 5G

Find out who made the inaugural list of industrialists and innovators.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, driven by Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and 5G technology innovation. - Jeff Mucci, CEO and Editorial Director, RCR Wireless News

RCR Wireless News, a leading source of wireless, telecom and mobile technology news and actionable intelligence since 1982, recognized today its inaugural selection of leading Industrial IoT (IIoT) 5G Industrialists and Innovators. The Industrial IoT (IIoT) 5G Industrialists were selected based on their vision and leadership in developing and implementing Industrial IoT 5G strategies to optimize their respective enterprises while growing the global digital economy. Industrial IoT 5G Innovators selections were based on individual contributions, research and leadership associated with specific use cases involving industrial IoT and/or 5G technology.

“5G, and the futuristic next-generation Industrial IoT applications that will come with it, is at a pivotal point in its development. The telecommunications industry is moving key 5G enabling technologies from the lab to the field, setting the stage for this revolutionary step in mobile. As 5G approaches standardization and, ultimately, commercialization, RCR Wireless News is here to give you a front row seat.” – Sean Kinney, Managing Editor, RCR Wireless News.

The RCR Wireless News inaugural list of leading IoT 5G Industrialists and Innovators includes:

International IoT 5G Industrialists (listed alphabetical by last name)

• César Alierta, CEO, Telefonica

  • Dr. Volkmar Denner, Chairman of the board of management, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Li Keqiang, Chinese Premier, Made in China 2025, Internet Plus (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)
  • Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany Industrie 4.0 (Germany Trade & Investment)
  • Eric Rondolat, CEO , Philips Lighting
  • Klaus Schwab, Founder and Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF)

Hans Vestburg, CEO, Ericsson

  • Li Yue, CEO, China Mobile
  • Ren Zhengfei, Founder, CEO and Deputy Chairman of the Board, Huawei
  • Stéphane Richard, CEO, Orange

North America – IoT 5G Industrialists (listed alphabetical by last name)

  • John Chambers, Vice Chairman, Cisco
  • Brian Krzanich, CEO, Intel Corporation
  • Lowell C. McAdam, CEO, Verizon
  • Ben Moreland, Chairman and CEO, Crown Castle
  • Larry Page, CEO, Alphabet (Nest, Google Fiber, Google Car, Project Loon)
  • Randall Stephenson, CEO, AT&T
  • Dr. James Joseph Truchard, Co-founder and CEO, National Instruments

5G IoT Research & Development

  • Prof. Gerhard Fettweis, Vodafone Chair and professor, Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden)

• Alex Jinsung Choi, Ph.D., EVP and Head of ICT R&D, SK Telecom

  • Seizo Onoe, EVP, Board of Directors, CTO, Managing Director of R&D Innovation, NTT Docomo
  • Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs and CTO, Nokia
  • Jeff Andrews, Wireless Networking and Communications Group, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ted Rappaport, NYU Wireless – New York University Brooklyn

• Rahim Tafazolli, Head of Institute for Communications Systems, The 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) University of Surrey

  • 5G ICN Networks – IP over ICN over SDN, Dirk Trossen, Principal Scientist, InterDigital Europe, Ltd
  • 5G Strategy – Dr. Håkan Andersson, Head of 5G Product Strategy, Radio Business Unit, Ericsson

Women in Industrial IoT 5G – Intel’s IoT Team

  • Aicha Evants, Vice President and General Manager Communications and Devices
  • Sandra Rivera, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Network Platforms Group
  • Bridget Karlin, Managing Director, Internet of Things (IoT) Strategy and Technology Office, Intel Corporation
  • Patti Robb, Head of Strategic IP and Advanced Platforms, Internet Of Things Group

• Peggy Irelan, Senior Principal Engineer, Director & CTO, IoT Intelligent Software Platforms & Analytics

  • Kathy Barboza, Strategic Relationship Manager

Big Data Analytics & Visualization

  • Chris O’Connor General Manager, Internet of Things, IBM
  • Cameron Clayton, CEO and General Manager, Weather Channel
  • Michael Lynch, Global Co-Lead IoT, SAP

Smart Utilities

  • Michael Bell, President, CEO, Silverspring
  • Andres Carvallo, CEO, CMG

Smart City

  • Bill de Blasio, Mayor, New York City

• Kiva Allgood, VP Industrial IoT & Smart Cities, Qualcomm

  • Sam Liccardo, Mayor, San Jose, CA

Smart Industry – Mike Troiano, Vice President Internet of Things, AT&T

5G IoT Gateways/Platforms, Andy Rhodes, Executive Director – Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, Dell

Smart Farm – Cory Reed, SVP of Intelligent Solutions, Deere & Co


  • Dr. Georges Karam, President, Chief Executive Officer, Founder, Sequans
  • Oded Melamed, Co-Founder and CEO, Altair Semiconductor


  • Alain Maloberti, SVP, Orange Labs Networks
  • Matt Beal, Director of architecture and innovation, Vodafone

IIoT DevOps

  • Mike Lanman, Senior Vice President Enterprise Products, Verizon (Thingspace)
  • Francisco Jariego, I+D’s Director of Industrial Internet of Things, Telefónica
  • Rachel Chalmers, Principle, Ignition Partners

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, driven by Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and 5G technology innovation,” Jeff Mucci, CEO and Editorial Director of RCR Wireless News, said. “Having covered wireless innovation and technology since 1982, RCR Wireless News is uniquely qualified to recognize disruptive trends, technologies, individuals and companies. We founded the Wireless Hall of Fame in 2000 to recognize leaders who made significant contributions to the advancement of the wireless telecommunications industry. In the years to come, we look forward to recognizing future IoT 5G Industrialist and Industrial IoT 5G Innovators who are using industrial IoT and 5G technology to address societal challenges, optimize their respective enterprises for shareholder value and build a global digital economy.

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